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Date: July 21, 2006

Republican Rep. Steve Nass thinks he speaks for taxpayers

Let me preface this by saying that I don’t agree with Kevin Barrett. I don’t think our govement leaders conspired to cause 9/11.

But, I think our government made a lot of mistakes. I think our government knew more about the attacks then they say they did. And, I think the House of Representatives did us wrong on November 14, 2002, when they voted down an independent commission to investigate the 9/11 attacks.

Also, I believe that Barrett has the right to belief what he believes and say what he wants to say, just as I do.

I, also, do not believe he should lose his job because of his beliefs anymore than I believe I should lose my job for my beliefs.

But, without really getting into the whole debate, because I would need to hear both sides of the issue, I do take offense — but I support his right to say it — to Republican Representative Steve Nass when he stated:

“When 61 legislators condemn a decision by U.W.-Madison and demand the dismissal of Kevin Barrett, the leadership of the U.W. System operates at its own peril if it continues to ignore views of the taxpayers.”

First, just what in the world does he mean, “operates at its own peril?” Is he threatening the school? Will our Republican controlled Legistlature take away funding and harm thousands of students enrolled at UW-Madison because of one teacher — and a PART TIME teacher at that? Is that what he’s saying?

Second, since when does the legistlature get to say who becomes an instructor and who doesn’t?

Finally, ummm, which taxpayers’ views are being ignored? Because I noticed that the REPUBLICANS in the Wisconsin State Legistlature seemed to IGNORE this TAXPAYER’S VIEWS quite a bit last year. They voted for the anti-gay amendment, they never got the insurance bill I wanted passed out of committee and the list can go on and on. So, who is Representative Nass to say that when he and 60 other Representatives sign a paper condeming “a decision by U.W.-Madison” that he is speaking for the taxpayers in Wisconsin?

Because, he isn’t speaking for me.

God Bless

The World has lost its Collective Mind…

With Israel at war, the US at war, gas prices rocketing and the economy beginning to sink, you would think I would have something better to write about than an artist from a New York Times article.

But, hey, it’s Friday and I don’t.

The artist, Donny Johnson, is serving three — that’s 3 — life sentences. He and “two friends had stabbed an acquaintance to death after a party in San Jose, in a dispute over the sale of cigarettes laced with PCP.” Later, while in prison, Johnson killed a guard.

Now, he paints using the dye from M&Ms and his work, which can be seen on the NY Times Website is very colorful. It really isn’t my kind of art.

At first, I was totally appalled that 500 people attended a man who is in prison for life art show.

I mean, the guy is a murderer for pete’s sake! Why are we paying attention to him.

And, then, after viewing the slideshow and reading the whole story, I’m thinking, this might not be a bad thing. First, the guy didn’t start doing these to end up in an art gallery. He did it to prevent himself from going mad while living in an 8-by-12-foot concrete cell and having no human contact. The fact that some people think enough of them to buy them, well, that’s not my fault.

Second, since he is not allowed to profit while in prison, “he intends to donate the money to the Pelican Bay Prison Project, a nonprofit group that will use it to help the children of prisoners.” I’m all for giving money to charity, as you know. Plus, if there is a way to prevent the children of prisoners from ending up like there locked up parents — I’m all for that, too.

Finally, I think about Jesus and what He would teach. One, he teaches forgiveness and, while I don’t believe it is up to me to forgive him, I think about how Jesus would forgive him. Two, Jesus said we should visit those in prison.

God Bless

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